Only around since 1962, this Christmas song has been recorded by hundreds of artists. Not actually a hymn or carol, and not overtly theological, I immediately found myself relating the lyrics to Psalm 148. Both the song and the Word involve the praise of God by all creation – from critters to celestial bodies – all pointing to and singing about the greatest gift of God, the delivery of His salvation.
I’ll leave it at that today, for your own prayer and meditation:
Said the night wind to the little lamb, “Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky little lamb, Do you see what I see?
A star, a star, dancing in the night,
With a tail as big as a kite, with a tail as big as a kite.”
Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy, “Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing through the sky shepherd boy, do you hear what I hear?
A song, a song, sounding through the night,
With a voice as big as the sea, with a voice as big as the sea.”
Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king, “Do you know what I know?
In your palace warm mighty king, do you know what I know?
A Child, a Child, shivers in the cold,
Let us bring Him silver and gold, let us bring Him silver and gold.”
Said the king to the people everywhere, “Listen to what I say.
Pray for peace people everywhere, listen to what I say.
The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night,
He will bring us goodness and light, He will bring us goodness and light.”
Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his hosts!
Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the LORD!
For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them forever and ever;
he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.
Praise the LORD from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy wind fulfilling his word!
Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
Beasts and all livestock,
creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and maidens together,
old men and children!
Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted;
his majesty is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his saints,
for the people of Israel who are near to him.
Praise the LORD!
(Psalm 148 ESV)